Have You Ever Worn A Flower Crown?
Images of women wearing flower crowns seem to be everywhere on Social Media these days – I always think these crowns look absolutely beautiful, and I felt amazing in my own when Baiba made one for me when we were spending time in Georgia earlier this year.
However, anyone thinking these are a new phenomenon would be very much mistaken. Although they look incredible at modern Hen events, weddings, and other women’s gatherings, they are actually steeped in history and tradition. That’s why we love offering Bride Tribes the opportunity to make their own when they join us for a Hen Weekend in Latvia.
If you’d like to know more, here’s a brief overview of where they originate from…
History Of The Flower Crown
Let’s start in Ancient Greece
You may well have seen films such as Sparticus, Troy, or The Trojan Women, that depict the Roman Emporers and battle weary victors wearing crowns made of laurels to recognise their success and achievements, as well as indicating a level of respect due to them. Although these Laurel Crowns were predominantly worn by the men, women of this time also wore Flower Crowns as adornment, and as a sign of wealth and power.
In Medieval Times They Lost Their Favour
The flower crown became increasingly associated with Pagan festivals and celebrations, being worn by the women folk, as well as being used to decorate statues of the Gods.
Christians at this time sort to bring an end to these ceremonies, and wearing a flower crown became a dangerous business, as those found wearing them were persecuted for their blasphemy and association with Pagan ritual.
First Association With Marriage
The first association of the Flower Crown directly with marriage is found in the Ukraine, where the flower crowns are known as Vinok.
Here the crowns make up a part of the Traditional dress, and girls of a marriageable age were encouraged to wear them to assist with finding themselves a husband. Then, during the wedding, flower wreaths were placed on the heads of both of the couple once their vows had been exchanged, to signify their unity and oneness.
The Flower Crown in Ancient China
China is not the first place that jumps to my mind when I think of Flower Crowns, but they actually make crowns from orange blossom.
Again these are worn during wedding ceremonies. Because the orange blossom tree bears both fruit and flower at the same time, the flower crowns are seen as a sign of fertility, and thought to encourage the blessing of children to a married couple.
Queen Victoria Finally Brings The Flower Crown To Western Europe
Just like the white wedding dress, it was Queen Victoria who first brought the flower crown to Western Europe when she wore both on her wedding day for her marriage to Prince Albert.
She took her inspiration from the Chinese, and wore an orange blossom crown. The idea became immensely popular with women of the period, so much so in fact that a man seeking a wife became known as someone who was keen to gather orange blossoms… Who knew!
The Hippy Chicky ’60s Flower Crown
The ‘Flower Power’ movement of the late 1960s once again brought the flower crown to the forefront of popularity with Western Women, including reaching great popularity throughout America.
Although wearing flowers in the hair started within the Hippy movement, they didn’t take long to become a part of mainstream ideas, and they once again became all the rage for wearing at weddings and celebrations.
Our Flower Crowns
So I guess that brings us round to the culture of the flower crown as we know it today. Many women choose to wear them for their weddings, or often get the bridesmaid to wear them too – they always look stunning.
Throughout history they have been associated with celebration, particularly with the celebration of the marriage. And you can now order flower crowns from many wedding florists, often matching in with the colours of your bridesmaid’s dresses, or bouquets.
At our Hen Weekends in Latvia you also get the chance to make your own flower crown, or even make them for each other. Just like the one I was gifted when visiting Georgia this makes the crown feel extra special. It creates a great connection to the crown, so that as well as making for some great photos, it creates lasting memories of a special afternoon spent together with your bride tribe.
The downfall? Because these are all made from naturally growing flowers, we are not able to offer the chance to make your own crowns in the winter months – roll on Spring I guess.
If you’ve ever worn a flower crown for a special occasion I’d love to hear about it, so feel free to leave a comment
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